Decoding the Workplace: 50 Keys to Understanding People in Organizations

Front Cover
ABC-CLIO, May 12, 2015 - Business & Economics - 184 pages

This highly readable career development book reveals dynamic aspects of the workplace that are hidden to many, ignored by others—factors that can make or break careers.

There are many key questions about work that most individuals never consider. How can workplace norms affect our careers in powerful ways? How do sex-role stereotypes impact our behaviors? When are "teams" not teams? How does organizational culture profoundly affect your workplace? What questions should you ask yourself about your boss? What factors most affect job satisfaction and success?

Decoding the Workplace: 50 Keys to Understanding People in Organizations is a must-read for anyone wanting to better understand the workplace and become more effective and successful. Written by a former management consultant to the U.S. Air Force and a professor and organizational behavior scholar, this definitive work explains many of the dynamics at play in our organizations. Beyond being informative, insightful, and beneficial to any employee, regardless of job status or experience, it is highly readable, entertaining, and thought-provoking.

  • Provides easy-to-read information that allows readers to better understand the workplace around them, the behavior of others, and even themselves
  • Discusses 50 keys for unlocking the workplace and illustrates key concepts through dozens of stories and practical examples
  • Presents insights grounded in what management scholars know about human behavior, management, and the workplace
  • Offers proven advice that can help readers be more effective, regardless of what stage they are in their careers

Other editions - View all

About the author (2015)

John Ballard, PhD, is emeritus professor of management at Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati, OH.

Bibliographic information